June is just so….Gay!
And of course, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be celebrating Gay Pride Month at the State Department:
Secretary Clinton and USAID Administrator Shah
to Deliver Remarks at Event Celebrating LGBT Month on June 22
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah will deliver opening remarks on “LGBT Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy” at an event co-hosted by State’s Office of Civil Rights and GLIFFA, the organization for Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies, on Tuesday, June 22 at 11:00 a.m., at the Department of State.
The event is part of LGBT Pride Month celebrations at the U.S. Department of State and USAID.
Following the opening remarks, Assistant Secretary for Populations, Refugees, and Migration Eric Schwartz will lead a panel discussion with Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Daniel Baer, Mark Bromley of the Council for Global Equality, and Cary Johnson of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.
The event will be open to credentialed members of the media and can be watched live on http://www.state.gov.
It’s refreshing to have a Secretary of State who actually gives a damn about gay rights at home and abroad. Actually, Albright was pro-gay rights too. Not so much Condi Rice, quite the opposite. If only our POTUS was as committed as Secretary Clinton is.
While Obama doesn’t seem to have the outright hostility towards gay rights that Republican Presidents have had, he never seems quite, I don’t know, comfortable with the whole idea. And then of course there was the whole shameful Rick Warren episode at the inauguration. I also think it’s pretty clear Obama is really dragging his feet on the DADT issue. How many more damn studies do we need to have? If we had left the issue of whether to totally desegregrate up to the rank-and-file military we’d probably still have segregated units. Also, Israel, Great Britain, Switzerland etc. have ZERO problems with having gay people serve openly in the military. I want the likes of grumpy old John McCain or even Secretary Gates (who I don’t think believes for a minute gay people should be able to serve openly, recent statements notwithstanding) to argue that Israel’s military has been weakened by allowing gay people to serve openly. Heh.
This article over on Foreign Policy caught my eye- it’s about the plight of gay Iraqis and how being gay in that country (as is the case in so many other countries) is literally a matter of life and death. The author argues that it would help gay Iraqis who are trying to seek asylum in the U.S. to have the SOS classify them as “Priority 2” refugees under the Refugee Crisis in Iraq Act passed in 2008. Sounds good to me.
This picture cracks me up. In a good way: